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The Envy of Gods (2000)

Zavist bogov (original title)
The film takes place in early autumn 1983 in Moscow, in an atmosphere of acute cold war (including the war in Afghanistan, the incident with the South Korean "Boeing", etc.).The main ... See full summary »

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Vladimir Menshov
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vera Alentova ... Sonya
Anatoliy Lobotskiy Anatoliy Lobotskiy ... André
Aleksandr Feklistov ... Sergey
Gérard Depardieu ... Bernard
Irina Skobtseva ... Sonya's mother
Vladlen Davydov ... Sonya's father
Lyudmila Ivanova ... Sergey's mother
Larisa Udovichenko ... Irina
Vladimir Eryomin ... Igor
Marina Dyuzheva ... Natasha
Leonid Trushkin Leonid Trushkin ... Vadim
Viktor Pavlov ... Vilen
Aleksandr Voroshilo Aleksandr Voroshilo ... Krapivin
Yuri Kolokolnikov ... Sonya's son (as Yuriy Kolokolnikov)
Igor Kirillov Igor Kirillov ... Himself
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The film takes place in early autumn 1983 in Moscow, in an atmosphere of acute cold war (including the war in Afghanistan, the incident with the South Korean "Boeing", etc.).The main heroine of the picture Sonia (Vera Alentova) is editor in television, she has a son, a graduate of the school, and her husband Sergey (Alexander Feklistov) is quite a successful Soviet writer. One day to visit them coming Frenchman Bernard (Gérard Depardieu), with whom he met Sergey while working on a book about the French Resistance, accompanied by a French translator of Russian descent named André (Anatoly Lobotsky). André also have a family in Paris. However, the meeting turned their lives. André falls in love with Sonia at first sight and emphatically looking for a new meeting with her. Sonia, a faithful wife, educated in the Soviet tradition of chastity, at first refuses; moreover that employees of Soviet television are not allowed to enter unsupervised contact with foreigners. But André still gets ... Written by lament

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Country:

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Language:

Russian

Release Date:

16 October 2000 (Russia) See more »

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Mediocre but thought provoking
3 February 2003 | by Gordon-11See all my reviews

This is a film about the life of a journalist in the Soviet times, when the intellectuals wanted secretly listen to underground radios and watching Western movies which were banned by the Soviet Government.

At first, this woman was very conservative about sex. However, things rapidly changed for this woman. She met one of her husband's friend, and quickly fell in love with him. However, her lover broke the law and had to be deported. Her affair had to stop, and she went back to her husband. She was forgiven by her husband, but things were never the same again.

I think the theme of this film was not only applicable to the Soviet times, but to any country and any time point. This film is about the social and family values, and how the modern culture is having an impact on the traditional social and family values. Nowadays the meaning of a family is rapidly breaking down, and people become lost in the rapid change. In this film the woman is also lost, she became very confused about what she was doing. She kept blaming herself for cheating on her husband, and yet she was compelled to carry on.

I am quite interested in this movie, even though it was a bit boring in the beginning. The change of the woman from conservative to a temptress was interesting. In the film the change occurred quite suddenly. I would have liked to see the change elaborated more.


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